Stefanie Verhoef (Amsterdam, 1988) is a Dutch/Danish artist and contemporary jewellery designer living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
She makes contemporary jewellery with a conceptual character. Her designs are defined by a rough edged yet delicate aesthetic.
She was trained as a goldsmith during a technical education in Amsterdam and after that has received her BA in Fine Arts and in Education from the Academie voor Beeldende Vorming (now: Breitner Academie).
Throughout her art studies, jewellery and design always played a big role. Being trained as a goldsmith, a fine arts artist and an art teacher, she learned many ways of creating and expressing.
Designing and making jewellery has always been the core and working within the contemporary and conceptual field is where she feels most comfortable.
"Every single piece is created by hand by myself. From idea to concept to craft to jewel.
In the design process I'm always looking for original and innovative contrasts. It’s an overarching theme in the diverse collections and I would almost call it an obsessive urge to do so. By looking for unusual opposites and placing them together, both interacting elements can fully show their potential.
Contrasting is a way for me to find balance in a design and I find balanced asymmetry calming and satisfying. The contrasts can be found in unconventional stone setting, use of color, material or in the shape itself. All balanced together it defines my aesthetic; rough edged yet surprisingly delicate pieces."
My work reflects my state of mind and as creating is a mode of thinking, it is a mode of processing.
In the ongoing process of creating, I allow my perspective to shift and my designs to grow.
My collections tell stories of personal observations or fascinations. And as stories are endless, so are most of the collections; the designs keep developing and thus a collection is never really finished.
Reading back about them in chronological order reads as chapters of a personal journey.
MIS/MATCH The Pool, Amsterdam (NL), Collective group exhibition 03/2023
Liquid Modernity RVNHUS, Kolding (DK), Art Jewellery group exhibition. 11/2022
Of Forms and Origins Venice (IT), international design exhibition during Venice Design Week 10/2022
Mathilde Gallery Amsterdam (NL), gallery representation. 02/2022
Mydaybyday Gallery Rome (IT), gallery representation. 12/2021
Obsessed!Jewellery festival (NL) exhibition Synchronized Swimming (The Pool) + Catawiki auction. 11/2021
The Pool- Amsterdam Jewelry Collective, collective member, shop owner. 04/2021
Alba Longa - Limited edition contemporary jewellery book. By Ludvig Rage Club. 01/2021
Gallery O Seoul (KR), gallery representation. 07/2020
Diamond Fever, group exhibition at Blou Amsterdam. 12/2019
Joya Barcelona (ES), display exhibition. 10/2019
Dorien Dols Collectables, duo exhibition with Lindsey Fontijn. 10/2019
Madrid Joya (ES), display exhibition. 09/2019
Yearbook Contemporary Jewellery, book representation. 09/2019
Diamant aan de Amstel (NL) KunstRUIM, local group exhibition with different art disciplines. 07/2019
Milan Fashion Week (IT) Jewelry exhibition. 02/2019
Atelier route Amstelveen, Group exhibition with Matthijs Scholten, Ilse Vorstenbosch and Heidi Walheimer. 10/2018
Art route Aalsmeer, collective exhibition and art route through the city. 09/2018
Schmucke Berlin (DE), Gallery representation. 12/2017
Open Ateliers Zuid. Duo exhibition with Anke Akerboom. 05/2017
Galerie KIS, Exhibition and representation. 10/2016
Yearbook Contemporary Jewellery. Book representation. 09/2016
Toon Amsterdam. Sales exhibition. 06/2016
Galerie Fontrodona Amsterdam (NL) group exhibition 04/2016
Graduation show and catalogue, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam (now Breitner). 06/2014
Workshop Plique-á-Jour enamelling by the association of Dutch enamelers (VNE)
Workshop Reticulation by Anke Akerboom
Workshop Cuttlefish Casting by Anke Akerboom
Bachelor of Fine Arts and Education (BFA Ed) - Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (AHK)
Goldsmith technical education – Vakschool Edelsmeden Amsterdam
Product Design – Hogeschool van Amsterdam (HVA)
Preliminary program Fine Arts – Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU)